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Job interview in English: a step towards career and well-being


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Job interview in English: a step towards career and well-being


An interview in English is a serious event in the life of a compatriot, promising a different level of income and responsibility if the employer responds positively. Preparing for an interview takes time, working out the details, gathering information. Ideally, if acquaintances were interviewed at this company and got a job there. You should ask not only what questions were asked, but also what reaction followed to the answers, even how the employees of the company are dressed. But such luck rarely happens: you have to get information from other sources. From our article including!

Preparing for an interview: strategy

First of all, it is worth determining the directions for preparing for the interview:

  • Checking personal accounts
  • English language
  • Search for information about the company and future position
  • Collecting feedback and advice from interviewees in English.

Clean up your Instagram!

The candidate for the position wants to look like a serious, respectable person at the interview, whom the future management can safely entrust a difficult section of work to. For this, strict clothes are purchased, new glasses, new notes appear in the voice. Let's imagine that an HR manager is also preparing for an interview and decided to look at the applicant's personal pages on social networks. There is often a frivolous attitude to social networks: for the sake of a joke, stupid photos are displayed either in underwear and with a bottle, or something else of the same "creative".

When there is an important interview ahead (in English or Russian), it is worth looking through the accounts, even those that have not been used for a long time. It is helpful to look at the content of the personal pages from the employer's point of view. If the image of a self-respecting person has not turned out, “inconvenient” photos and frivolous statements are deleted without regret, and the album on the page is filled with photos in the gym or with a book in hand.

Are you confident in your English?

You should think about your level of English well before the interview. But even if the job seeker is enthusiastic about spoken English, this knowledge may not be enough. Most language schools abroad offer business English courses, some of them offer interview preparation training in English and other languages. Classes with professionals will help you to believe in yourself, teachers will correct answers to questions and give advice.

"Mask, I know you"

In parallel with studying English, it is useful to collect information about the future company. There is a lot of information on the Internet - we combine and collect dossiers! It is important not only to find this information, but also to process it: priorities, volumes, partners. This knowledge will help answer the questions why the applicant wants to work here, what he expects from the new position.

We form an idea of what responsibilities the desired position involves. This will be helped by acquaintances working in the industry, and thematic forums.

Thematic professional forums will help you collect useful advice from those who have passed the interview and received the position. We ask the forum participants not only about the details of the interview, but also about the English phrases and wording used by the participants.

English job interview: what will it be about?

Before the interview, the interviewer has already familiarized himself with the applicant's resume. Now he wants to hear how the applicant speaks, see how he overcomes natural excitement, how he communicates. He will ask you to tell about yourself: Can you tell me about yourself ? The interviewer expects that the story will go about what interests the employer: education, business qualities, teamwork, delegation of responsibilities.

They often ask directly about what is known about the company: What do you know about our company ? This is an excuse to check how the applicant prepared for the interview. But even if they don't ask, it's better to show awareness. They may ask, for example, what is the name of the President of our company ?

Why should we hire you ? (Why should we hire you?) Suggests moving on to a detailed self-presentation, to a story about your best qualities. We support the story with specific examples: I'm never late for work (I am never late for work), I take deadlines seriously ( I take deadlines seriously ) and other self-praises within reasonable limits.

Another invitation to self-presentation - What are your greatest professional strengths? (What are your best professional qualities?) It is important to find a balance between self-confidence and self-confidence, bragging rights. You can use the opinion of colleagues: My colleagues think I 'm a good organizer ( My colleagues think I'm a good organizer).

Of the positive qualities, it is better to choose those that will help in work in the position under discussion. For one post rather the attention to detail (pau attention to detail), for another - sociability (sociability).

Be sure to ask about your weaknesses: What are your weaknesses? This question cannot be answered that there are no weaknesses. It is better to show that weaknesses are a continuation of strengths, or prepare something not too critical (“I can’t stand too cold air from the air conditioner”).

It is helpful to prepare in advance an answer to the question about your greatest professional achievement : What is your greatest professional achievement? And if it is not asked, use the template in other answers!

They always ask why the applicant left their previous job: Why did you leave your previous job? or why he wants to leave his current job: Why are you leaving your current job ? In no case should you complain about your former colleagues, bosses, or the work itself! This is what a quarrelsome or lazy worker looks like. It is better to find neutral reasons: moving for family reasons , willingness to solve more complex problems .

Current material has been prepared by Egor Eremeev
Education: Kuban State University, Russia (World Economics); Westminster University (Business & Management).
Egor studied and lived in the UK for 8 years and graduated from the university of Westminster. He is currently the co-founder and the director of business development at Smapse Education and personally visits foreign schools and universities, interviews students studying in those institutions.
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